The wealth of information contained within the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) extends far beyond a collection of crystal structures.  Knowledge derived from these materials informs much of chemistry, biochemistry, and biology.  Chemical and structural concepts are often difficult to grasp without real world, interactive examples for students to explore.

The CCDC and our colleagues continually produce educational materials for use in classroom and computer lab settings, or as independent study modules.  Many of these materials make use of the Teaching Database - a freely available set of over 750 structures that can be investigated with the free version of our Mercury visualisation and analysis program.  Of course, all of our nearly 1 million entries are available for free through our Access Structures portal.

If you are an educator looking for supplementary teaching materials, find out more about the Teaching Database here.  If you have developed your own modules using the CSD and would like to share them with the broader community, please contact us at education@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.

Publications

  • Learning about intermolecular interactions from the Cambridge Structural Database
    G. M. Battle and F. H. Allen, J. Chem. Educ., 89, 38-44, 2012 10.1021/ed200139t
  • Teaching chemistry in 3D using crystal structure data
    S. Henderson, G. M. Battle, and F. H. Allen, Education in Chemistry, Vol 48, No. 6 (November 2011).
  • Teaching 3D structural chemistry using crystal structure databases 4: Advanced examples of discovery-based learning
    G. M. Battle, F. H. Allen, G. M. Ferrence, J. Chem. Ed. 88, 891-897, 2011 10.1021/ed1011025
  • Teaching 3D structural chemistry using crystal structure databases 3: The Cambridge Structural Database System - database content and access software in educational applications
    G. M. Battle, F. H. Allen, G. M. Ferrence, J. Chem. Ed., 88, 886-890, 2011 10.1021/ed1011019
  • Applications of the Cambridge Structural Database in Chemical Education
    G. M. Battle, G. M. Ferrence, F. H. Allen, J. Appl. Cryst., 43, 1208-1223, 2010 10.1107/S0021889810024155
  • Teaching 3D structural chemistry using crystal structure databases: 2. Example teaching units that utilise an interactive web-accessible subset of the Cambridge Structural Database
    G. M. Battle, F. H. Allen, G. M. Ferrence, J. Chem. Ed., 87, 813-818, 2010 10.1021/ed100257t
  • Teaching 3D structural chemistry using crystal structure databases: 1. An interactive web-accessible teaching subset of the Cambridge Structural Database
    G. M. Battle, F. H. Allen, G. M. Ferrence, J. Chem. Ed., 87, 809-812, 2010 10.1021/ed100256k